Aston in top 25 for student satisfaction

nss pr

9 August 2017

  • Aston beats the sector average for ‘overall satisfaction’ in the government’s National Student Survey (NSS) 2017
  • 13th in the UK for teaching, a further endorsement following the TEF Gold result
  • 5th in the UK when students asked how ‘intellectually stimulating’ their course is

Undergraduates have rated Aston University in the top 25 universities in the UK for student satisfaction, according to the government’s National Student Survey (NSS).

More than 88 per cent of our students praised Aston for ‘overall satisfaction’, which is 3.5 per cent above the sector average.

In the vital ‘teaching on my course’ section of the survey, Aston ranked 13th in the UK with just more than 88 per cent. This is a further endorsement of our teaching quality following the recent TEF Gold result.

The NSS survey is widely recognised as a key measure of student satisfaction and results for Aston’s individual subject areas are also strong.

The University achieved 100 per cent satisfaction scores for:

  • BSc Business Computing and IT
  • MEng Chemical Engineering
  • BSc Psychology and Sociology
  • BSc Spanish

Other subject areas rated highly by Aston students for 2017 are:

  • MOptom Optometry - 96.67%
  • BSc Optometry - 96.3%
  • BSc Marketing - 95.83%
  • LL.B. Law with Management - 95%
  • BSc English Language - 94.74%
  • BSc Business and International Relations - 94.44%
  • BSc International Business and Management - 94.44%
  • BSc Politics with International Relations - 93.75%
  • BSc Accounting For Management - 93.62%
  • BSc Psychology and Business - 93.33%
  • MPharm Pharmacy - 92.37%
  • BSc International Business and French - 91.67%
  • BSc Economics And Management - 91.3%
  • BSc Business and Management - 90.99%
  • LL.B. Law - 90.63%
  • BSc Biological Sciences - 90%

In addition, Aston was ranked 5th in the UK when asking students how ‘intellectually stimulating’ the course was, 7th for ‘I have been able to contact staff when I need to’, 9th for ‘the course is well organised and running smoothly’, and 10th for ‘the IT resources and facilities have supported my learning well’ and ‘I have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on my course’.

Professor Alec Cameron, Vice Chancellor of Aston University, said: “I am pleased with how well we have performed in this year’s NSS results. There is a strong story emerging for the quality of our teaching, and it is good to hear that our students agree with the government’s recent decision to award us Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. As clearing approaches, I hope the NSS and our other recent successes encourage more students than ever to consider choosing to study at Aston.”


Notes to the editor

  • Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston University has always been a force for change. For 50 years the University has been transforming lives through pioneering research, innovative teaching and graduate employability success. True to Aston’s Coat of Arms which bears the word ‘Forward’, in 2016 Aston held a year-long anniversary celebration to recognise its heritage and achievements, but with a focus to drive forward the next stage in the University’s exciting journey. 

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